Berlin Art@Site Daniel Libeskind Garten des Exils Gesamt

Daniel Libeskind


Garten des Exils Gesamt

Lindenstrasse 9
Aspects of this artwork
In the Garden of Exils Daniel Libeskind the olive-trees refer to tradition, trust, hope and future. The olives are standing in a cube and thus refers to the essential role of the substrate, the base, the tradition. The slope refers to a continuous and positive development, in my opinion. Even when Libeskind makes use of comparable aesthetic elements (cubes, a non-flat surface), he added thereto essential elements (olive trees) and so the meaning of the work is entirely different than the artwork by Eisenmann.
By Theo,

Compared with other artworks
The impact of natural elements (stone, water) as Water Feature Stephen Cox (London, picture 1, more information) is strong and by pointing to words like a comprehensive universal system, continuity, human nature, responsibility, tradition and hope.

The use of massiveness has a major impact in 1600 Pandas by Paolo Grangeon (Hong Kong, picture 2, more information) by the friendly looking pandas who activate to immediate global action to protect nature.

Massiveness can also have an absolute nature. The question in The Wolves Are Coming by Liu Ruowang (Beijing, picture 3, more information) whether the lone person can keep standing up against the wolves. The artis can refer to different matters. It is at least something violent which man fears. This can be anything; natural disasters, other people, the government, big compagnies, etc. This work brings in a general topic with a strong emotion but gives no direction for a solution.

Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas by Peter Eisenman (Berlin, picture 4, more information) is a masterpiece and is pointing effectively to major historical events and meanings, for Germans and also for mankind. A cube is a minimal element which refers to essential values, like peace and humanity. Scrolling between the blocks can bring this desire. A rectangle form refers to more specific symbols. I think in this case of a tombstone. It focuses strongly on the past, but is less meaningful to the present and the future. It recalls feelings from the past but provides less comfort for the future.
By Theo,
Die Ähnlichkeit des Gartens des Exils mit dem Stelenfeld des Denkmals für die ermordeten Juden Europas sorgte 1999 für Plagiatsvorwürfe von Libeskind gegen dessen Architekten Peter Eisenman; der Streit konnte allerdings beigelegt werden."